Teens Named Local B&GC ‘Youths of the Year’

Celebratory gala moves to Airpark on March 22

By Kelly Potts

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale has named Cactus Shadows High School junior Alexa Jenouri, Cactus Shadows High School senior Dani Haboush, and Desert Mountain High School junior Ashley Thompson as 2014 Youths of the Year.

In addition to representing their North Scottsdale-area branches as Youth of the Year for the next 12 months and earning $1,000 scholarships from General Dynamics C4 Systems, the teens will be honored at Celebrate Youth on Saturday, March 22, at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Resort.

More than 600 civic and community leaders are expected at the gala to recognize Jenouri, Haboush, Thompson and seven other greater-Scottsdale branch Youths of the Year. The gala also includes a silent and live auction, dinner and live entertainment and performances from the Club youth.

Jenouri is an eight-year member of the Thunderbirds Branch in North Scottsdale and has been active in the Keystone Club, which focuses on community services such as: volunteering monthly at a local food bank and assisting with homeless shelters; Leaders in Training, which allows members ages 11-15 to volunteer and learn basic job responsibilities and work habits during summer months as unpaid staff assistants; and Money Matters, which promotes financial responsibility and independence among middle and high school Club members by building their basic money management skills.

Haboush is a nine-year member of the Vestar Branch in Desert Ridge and has also been active in Keystone and Leaders in Training, as well as What’s Hip, an eight-week program for high school girls covering issues such as relationships, drug and alcohol use, self-esteem and fashion.

Thompson is a seven-year member of the Virginia G. Piper Branch in North Scottsdale and has also been active in the Leaders in Training Program, What’s Hip, Money Matters and the Keystone Club at her branch.

“The Youth of the Year program is a premier character and leadership initiative which has been in existence for more than 60 years,” said Janet Caldarelli, co-chair of Celebrate Youth. “Recipients of the award are chosen based on each finalist’s demonstration of moral character, life goals, leadership, poise, public speaking ability and service to the Club, community and family.”

During the Gala, one of the 10 branch Youths of the Year will be named as the overall Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year, taking home a $5,000 scholarship. Corporate sponsors include Tiffany & Bosco, Great American Title, Republic Services, UMB Bank, Chasse Building Team, First Bank and First Western Trust.

The winning 2014 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale Youth of the Year will continue on to the state-level competition with other organizations from across Arizona. The winner of the state competition advances to the Pacific Region Youth of the Year competition held later this year, with the opportunity to continue to the national event.

Tickets for Celebrate Youth start at $175/per person. Tables and event sponsorships are available at www.celebrate
youthgala.org or by calling 480-344-5682.